Yesterday, Today, & FOREVER The King of Pop

We Killed Michael Jackson

Where were all the weeping fans, the artists who hail him as their
hero, the radio DJs who can’t stop playing his music? Where were they
10 years ago? Oh right. Everyone thought Michael Jackson was a freak –
a plastic surgery addicted child molester. His last studio album
"Invincible," released 2001, failed to garner true hit single because
radio stations refused to play the songs. Music critics tore him to
shreds. He was blackballed. People made fun of him, he was considered a
washed-up, has-been, crazy person.


The success of "Thriller," which as sold over 110 million copies
worldwide and counting, can never be matched. ("Invincible," for the
record managed to sell respectful 13 million copies worldwide to date.
No artist can keep up that kind of string of hits. But, he put his
heart and soul into every new recording he did, but judgment had
already been cast before anyone heard the music.



He was a desperate man in pain and everyone threw stones at him. Now
it’s fashionable to be a Michael Jackson fan. Radio stations now play
his music on heavy rotation. His albums are flying off the shelves.
Urban Outfitters even carries a commemorative vinyl collection that
hipsters can frame and put on their walls. Suddenly the entire world
has rediscovered Michael Jackson. He’s dead damn it. Imagine what this
kind of love would have done for him while he was living? Maybe then he
wouldn’t need drugs to sleep.


Michael’s body was still warm when celebrities, music execs,
family members and even his personal staffed whored themselves to TV
news programs professing to be Michaels’ best friends. People who
didn’t even know him were releasing statements. Where were these so
called best friends when Michael needed an intervention? Needed help?
Nowhere. Yes, some tried, and Michael would not listen — so keep
trying!!!


Things had gotten so strange in Michael’s world, that before he
signed with AEG to do a string of concerts, one management company was
trying to convince him to be ‘virtual Michael.’ No joke – they were
going to set up a 3D Internet portal so Michael could interact with the
world without leaving his house. That’s enough to make anyone feel
nuts.


The AEG deal gave him new life. It brought him back to what he
does best – perform, be in front of fans, be around humans. Only the
inner sanctum at AEG believed in him. The public and the pundits were
waiting for him to fail. Many fans who bought tickets to the sold out
concerts just wanted to go to see a historic spectacle, hoping they
would witness a car crash.


We killed Michael Jackson. We helped create his gilded cage and
then we rejected him. Death serves you well Michael, the world is
finally acknowledging the amazing force of nature you were. You changed
the face of music. Rest in peace.


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